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Buhler + Samil target activewear segment

According to the manufacturers, Cool system has the potential to drastically change the state of athletic and athleisure wear.

17th April 2018

Knitting Industry
 |  Jefferson, GA


Buhler + Samil, a specialist in the processing of natural fibres, as well as speciality spun yarns, is expanding the use of one of its latest yarn development, which is designed to offer cooling and reduced pilling properties.

According to the manufacturers, Cool system, the state-of-the-art spinning technology, has the potential to drastically change the state of athletic and athleisure wear. Fabrics spun with the Cool system are said to offer cool, breathable comfort, derived from natural fibres, along with other properties, including lower thermal resistance, a lower likelihood of pilling, and a more eco-friendly carbon footprint.

A pro golfer Lydia Ko, who became the youngest No.1 ranked pro golfer of all time in 2015, and the youngest woman to win a national championship, wears Cool Modal golf shirts made by the McKayson brand. These are designed to address both style and functionality requirements of the world of professional golf, where a specific fashion aesthetic reigns supreme, and conditions are often hot, humid, and even muggy.

Using the same fibre as MicroModal Edelweiss, which is made from European beechwood, these unique garments match the feel of the finest natural fabrics with the dry, cool air penetration of top-performing athletic gear. “It’s important that I wear the right apparel for the climate I’m in,” said Lydia. “It’s like choosing the right club. I need to be comfortable in my clothes so that my focus stays sharp.”

Thermal resistance. © Buhler

The Cool system, a new fabric technology from Buhler + Samil, is an advanced, high-twist spinning system that is designed to work well with a number of fibres, including Modal, MicroModal, Tencel, and Supima cotton. “Based on a proprietary, automated spinning system developed by Samil, the Cool system reduces the diameter and hairiness of the yarn, resulting in leaner fibres with much improved air penetration, coolness, and dryness,” the company explains.

Other benefits claimed for the Cool spinning system include less resistance to air flow, thanks to the more compacted yarn, and 26% less thermal resistance, compared to ring-spun yarn. “Both properties improve performance in virtually any sport,” the company comments. “Cool Modal fabric is also less likely to suffer from pilling, with a +4.0 pilling resistance rating, and requires less power to manufacture on a per kilogram basis, compared to conventional spinning, allowing for more sustainable and eco-friendly production.”

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